Biography of Steve M. Jokel
Lucas County, OH Biographies

Steve M. Jokel, a member of one of the prominent families of Toledo, belongs to that class of men who owe their success to hard work, perseverance and ability and the consensus of public opinion names him with the foremost architects of the city. He was born in Toledo, on the 12th of December, 1888, and is a son of Stanislaus and Anna (Gracey) Jokel, who came to the United States in 1886, establishing their home in this city. The father at first engaged in the dry goods business but afterward disposed of his stock and he is now connected with the Prudential Insurance Company. Mr. and Mrs. Jokel have become the parents of six children, of whom four survive: Gertrude, Mrs. Clam La Sage, Leo and Steve M.

The last named attended the parochial schools of Toledo and afterward became a student at the Tri-State Business College. becamefifteen years of age he berme a wage earner, securingholesaleal position in the wholesale notions establishment of L. S. Baumgardner & Company. and for two years remained in their employ. He next entered the office of Thomas Huber, an architect, and continued with him for seven years, acquiring a practical knowledge of the business during that period. He then spent a short time in the service of Thal & Aftel and afterward accepted a position with the firm of Mill, Rhines, Bellman, Nordhoff, prominent architects of Toledo. He received the greater part of his. Professional training through attendance at the night school of the John Huntington Architectural Society of Cleveland, Ohio, winning first prize in designing and also receiving medals as a reward for proficiency in his studies. He became supervising architect for the Cleveland Board of Education, acting in that capacity for one and a half years, and then returned to Toledo, where he has since followed his profession. On the 5th of April, 1919, he formed a partnership with Edward Thal, becoming junior member of the fim, and this relationship continued until March 1, 1923, when Mr. Jokel purchased Mr. Thal's interests and is conducting the business under the name of Steve M. Jokel. They are conducting a large business and many notable examples of their handiwork are to be seen in Toledo, the most imposing monuments to their skill being the Empire Theatre building, the Holmes & Landwehr building; the Commercial building and the building of the Save Electric Corporation, in addition to numerous residences and theatre buildings in and around the city and retail stores and furniture facetories, in fact, he specializes in factories, township schools and suburban homes. The work of the firm is the manifestation of high and enduring art, exhibiting splendid adaptation to specific needs, combined with beauty of form and design, and has won the favorable attention of the general public and of those able to judge from technical and artistic standpoints. Mr. Jokel also has other business interests, being a director of the Bay Land Company and a stockholder in the Auburndale Savings & Loan Association of Toledo.

On the 7th of June, 1915, Mr. Jokel was married to Miss Edith Lillian Rupert of this city, and they have become the parents of three children, of whom the first born died in infancy. Two daughters survive: Joan Marie, who was born in 1921; and Katherine Louise, born July 30, 1922. Mr. Jokel is a member of the Maumee Bay Shore Commercial Club, the Toledo Chamber of Commerce, the Gyro Club and the American Institute of Architects, and he exercises his right of franchise in support of the men and measures of the republican party. He is interested in all that tends to raise the standard of his profession and promote the efficiency of its representatives and has made his life count as a forceful factor in enhancing the beauty and attractiveness of Toledo. He has always been a zealous supporter of any measure conducive to the welfare of his city and his name is prominent among those whose enterprise: and initiative typify the spirit of progress in Toledo.

Toledo and Lucas County, Ohio
BY: John M. Killits, A.M., LL.D.
S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago and Toledo

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